List of top ranked universities that have been placed Number 1 in the country or in the world:

Harvard University - The University is consistently ranked No. 1 in the world according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). In 2010 it remains the Number One position for the eighth year.

Princeton University - Tied for No. 1 position with Harvard in the U.S. News & World Report's 2010 rankings of top U.S. academic research institutions.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Ranked 1st globally in the Webometrics rankings of world universities 2009, ahead of Stanford University (2nd) and Harvard (3rd).

University of Oxford - It is ranked 1st in the UK for the sixth year running according to the Guardian's university league table 2011, followed by Cambridge in second place nationally. Oxford is also rated No. 1 nationally in the Sunday Times University League Table 2010, The Complete University Guide 2011 and Times Good University Guide 2011.

University of Cambridge - Ranked 1st in the UK and in the top 5 internationally (ARWU 2010).

University of Hong Kong - Ranked No. 1 in Asia according to the QS Asian University Rankings 2010.

Australian National University - Ranked No. 1 in Australia and No. 17 in the world (THE - QS World University Rankings 2009).

University of Toronto - Ranked as the Number One University in Canada according to the Shanghai Jiao Tong University's annual Academic Ranking of World Universities report (2009). It is also ranked first according to Canada's Top 50 Research Universities, Research Inforsource Inc., 2009.

University of Tokyo - Ranked No. 1 in Japan, No. 1 in Asia Pacific, and top 20 in the world (ARWU 2010).

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek